Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to dedicate an additional $300 million tax dollars to promote abortions in the next four years.
He made the announcement Tuesday during the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, according to Global News Canada.
His plan provides funding increases for a number of women’s health programs, including nutrition and maternal care, but the proposed $1.4 billion budget also sets aside a huge chunk of money for abortions. According to the report, the $300 million funding increase “largely” will go to abortion and contraception services.
“Around the world, women are fighting for the right to go to school. Women are dying from diseases that we can fight to eliminate,” Trudeau said Monday before the announcement. “And again, today, the fundamental right for a woman to choose what she wants to do with her body is being thrown into question.”
Trudeau and his administration repeatedly have blasted President Donald Trump for cutting taxpayer funding to abortions through the Mexico City Policy. Last week, the prime minister also criticized the United States for “backsliding” because some states are passing laws to protect unborn babies from abortions.
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Here’s more from the report:
Officials could not provide a year-by-year breakdown of the funding increases when asked but said the boost will be “gradual” and will start immediately.
“Canada is putting its weight behind the sexual and reproductive rights of women, girls and other marginalized groups at a time of push-back against these issues around the world,” says Sandeep Prasad, executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, one of the groups that advocated for the boost.
“We are a country willing to invest in some of the most neglected and stigmatized issues in this area, taking an approach that is meaningfully rooted in evidence and human rights,” he added. “The commitment is about rights, not politics.”
The funding increase will depend on if Trudeau, who has been embroiled in multiple scandals, and the Liberal Party remain in control of the government.
Conservative Party deputy leader Lisa Raitt accused the prime minister of using the funding announcement to win votes, according to the report.
“If Justin Trudeau truly cared about this issue, he wouldn’t have waited four years to make this announcement,” she said. ”But now with an election only months away, he’s desperately announcing funding that won’t be available until 2023.”
Trudeau’s administration has given tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars to support abortion across the world. In 2018, his administration promised an additional $8 million to Marie Stopes International, the world’s largest abortion group. The news came soon after two African nations said they were investigating Marie Stopes for allegations of illegal abortions.
Taxpayers in Canada have given the British-based abortion chain $24.3 million since 2017, after Trudeau pledged to help plug a funding gap left by President Donald Trump’s Mexico City policy. The pro-life policy prohibits American tax dollars to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The move defunded Marie Stopes and the International Planned Parenthood Federation of hundreds of millions of American tax dollars.